When Dionne Warwick says “Don’t make me over,” what she really means is don’t fuck her over. Don’t you dare underestimate her.
The music industry wasn’t so friendly to people like her when Dionne Warwick came along with that big, undeniable voice of hers. But she wasn’t going to take no for an answer, and with talent like hers, she wouldn’t have to. With tenacity to match her talent, and a savvy way with people, Warwick went from singing in her church choir to international superstardom.
Directors David Heilbroner and Dave Wooley assemble a who’s-who of talking heads: Quincy Jones, Elton John, Gloria Esteban, and of course cousin Whitney Houston, who appears through archival footage. Oh, and don’t forget Bill Clinton, who seems to have dedicated his retirement to appearing in a truly vast array of documentaries. I think he pops up in at least 1 in 3.
The film’s greatest asset is of course Warwick herself, who seems ageless and resplendent, and highly entertaining. As a formative and influential player, she’s got so many great insights into the industry -as an artist, a woman, a person of colour, and the woman tells a hell of a story. She’s been everywhere, won everything, met everyone.
As far as music documentaries go, this one feels essential.
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over is an official 2021 TIFF selection.
There have been a few people that had fucked over Dionne Warwick and got a way with it. One of them was Suge Knight. Still, she’s got a hell of a voice as I do love to sing “Heartbreaker” and “Say a Little Prayer for You”.
As a fan, I look forward to watching this documentary. I was fortunate to get to see her sing live some years ago here in Los Angeles.
I love this.
When will this air?
She joined Twitter not so long ago, and her tweets are wonderful. If you’re not following her, you should.
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Haha, yes, they did pretty much crown her a Twitter Legend.
I read this post title and immediately heard the first stanza of “Celebrity Skin” in my head, which, uhhh, sounds nothing like a Dionne Warwick song …